From QCWA Headquarters

QCWA Bulletin 2013-014 - Ray Minichiello, W1BC - Silent Key

It is with sadness QCWA reports that QCWA Life Member #28789,
Ray Minichiello, W1BC, passed away on August 15th, 2013 at
the age of 96.

Ray, was an active amateur since 1933, and served as Chairman
of the Marconi Foundation, USA, Inc. and the US National
Marconi Musuem in Bedford, NH.

Previously, from 1940 to 1970 (except for WWII active duty),
Ray worked with General Electric Company retiring as Manager
of Product Planning of the Communicatation Products Division
at Lynchburg, VA. Ray joined GE at Schenectady, NY in 1940,
first in the Aircraft Department and later following his WWII
active duty, joined the Aviation and Ordnance Deptartment in
1945 as Project Engineer responsible for the assembly and
launching of captured German V-2 Rockets at White Sands Proving
Grounds, NM. At the conclusion of the V-2 program in 1954,
Ray joined the GE Communications Division as District Engineer
then as New England Manager. Ray later returned to Lynchburg
to assume the role of Manager, Product Planning of Two-Way
Radio and Microwave communications equipment.

A few awards received by Ray include the General Electric
Company "President Philip D. Reed Award", the Batcher
Memorial Award from the Radio Club of America and the
Marconi Gold Medal of Achievement Award from the Veterans
Wireless Operators Association.

Ray is a Registered Professional Engineer, first in
Massachusetts then New Hampshire in 1960 and 1961 respectively.

Ray served on the QCWA Board of Directors from 2002 to 2004.


Ken Oelke, VE6AFO
President, QCWA Inc.